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In December 2019, Saint-Étienne, a Creative City of Design in France, presented the outcomes of national programme “Design Assembly” to the French Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Culture. “Design Assembly”, coordinated by the Cité of Design in Saint-Étienne, aimed at analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the French design ecosystem, in order to outline a national comprehensive strategy for French design.
From 20 December 2019 to 3 January 2020, the entire wall of the Seoul Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) designed by architect Zaha Hadid became a venue for excitement. At nightfall, the curved silver wall, the signature of the DDP, showcased a combination of light, moving images and music. The Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Design Foundation announced that they launched the “Seoul Light” initiative devoted to showing media-facade with various content using the outer surface of the DDP building as a huge screen.
Design City, a highlight event as part of Geelong Design Week of March 2020, brings together business leaders, government bodies, research and educational institutions to explore the role of design and creativity in driving innovation.
Montreal, a UNESCO Creative City of Design, has launched an international and multidisciplinary urban design competition for the redevelopment of the McGill College Avenue.
The BIAAF - Bilbao International Art & Fashion Platform – inaugurated on 10 October the seventh edition of its international fashion design competition, which will last until 16 December 2019. The event aims at discovering promising fashion talents between 18 and 35 years old from all around the world, by identifying innovative ways to bridge fashion and design.
From 18 to 27 October 2019, a new edition of the Open Design Afrika will be held in Cape Town (South Africa), a UNESCO Creative City of Design. This festival focuses on innovation, education and community as the building blocks of a sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous society. At ODA Festival we are invited to experience why creativity is the unifying thread that links the building blocks and solutions that can greatly contribute to the wellbeing and skills development of the Afrikan people and the design of thriving circular economies.
Until 30 November 2019, the Call for Entries for the 2019 Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents (SDAY) is open. For its 4th edition, SDAY invites design professionals or students aged 35 or younger of the 180 UNESCO Creative Cities to submit their work on the theme of Inclusive Design.
Istanbul was selected as the Host City of the XV UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s Annual Conference in 2021 following an online vote by the 180 members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) present in 72 countries.
Organized by Saint-Étienne, a UNESCO Creative City of Design in France, from 21 March to 22 April 2019, the 11th International Design Biennial featured China as the red thread of this edition. Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Wuhan, the four UNESCO Creative Cities of Design from China, were the guests of honour of the event. 115 delegates from 14 Chinese cities participated in the Biennale, and highlighted the common grounds between China and the international design stage.
Bilbao, a UNESCO Creative City of Design in Spain, is home to BIAAF, a leader platform for emerging international fashion talents. In partnership with some 700 international schools, its biennial contest has reached over 6,000 designers in 90 countries. BIAAF is part of the United Nations SDGs support and development platform.